The Pentagon is developing a giant spy satellite, called “thin-film optical instant imager”, one can cover 40% of the surface area, high-resolution images can be transmitted in real time from any location in the world at any time.
NEW YORK, Dec. 11 reported that the Pentagon is developing a giant spy satellite, called “thin-film optical instant imager” (hereinafter referred to as MOIRE), one can cover 40% of the surface area, can be transmitted at any time in the world real-time high-definition video anywhere. Compared with called the “king of spy satellites,” the MOIRE, any other spy satellites to be launched so far eclipsed.
American magazine “connect” reported that, MOIRE satellite designed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the technology used to allow the performance and accuracy Space Telescope turned several times, while reducing manufacturing costs. MOIRE satellite use giant film, folded together launch into orbit after the commencement of the expanded diameter of 68 feet (20 meters). Currently, the volume of the largest ground-based telescopes diameter is about half the size of the Hubble Space Telescope it is smaller than the diameter of 8 feet (about 2.4 meters). The thickness of this film with household plastic wrap rather, is to let the light diffracted rather than reflection. In contrast, traditional optical lenses allow light is reflected. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is responsible for the development of a new generation of U.S. military weapons and technology.
Until now, the performance and accuracy Space Telescope is still subject to the lens size. Currently, the telescope lens rapid increase in weight and cost will exceed the carrying capacity of the largest rocket carrying capability. MOIRE satellite project leader Larry – Gunn Lieutenant Colonel in the “Connection” magazine interview, said: “The optical film that allows a greater volume of higher-resolution telescopes into the smaller and lighter package through this. way, we can break the design using traditional materials encountered in the manufacture of optical devices ‘glass ceiling’. ”
MOIRE lower cost manufacturing and deployment of satellites, because the design does not require the use of high-quality glass. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has already MOIRE satellite ground test prototype, about to enter the final phase of this project. MOIRE satellite project completion date is still unknown.